Can you have too many books?

Bob Cox sent along This Review of \"Patience & Fortitude:
A Roving Chronicle of Book People,
Book Places, and Book Culture\"
By Nicholas Basbanes.

They call the book \" grand, rambling, serendipitous treasure-house of material about books and the people who have loved them.\"

\"Patience & Fortitude\" looks at everything from the ancient classical library at Alexandria to a recent and controversial state-of-the-art information nexus in San Francisco.


Girl, ACLU, Author Fight District Over Banning of Sophie\'s Choice

A California school student, with the help of the ACLU and author, William Styron, may file suit against the student\'s school district for banning the 1979 American Book Award winning novel, \"Sophie\'s Choice.\"
The story depicts the life of a Holocaust survivor. The school pulled the book from the shelves after a parent complained about its sexual content. More


Public Library PR

Judy writes \"A commentary in the Sunday, December 23, 2001,Minneapolis Star Tribune is titled \"Time to Check It Out: A certain segment of the population is overdue at the library.\" Read and enjoy Kristin Tillotson\'s comments, including: \"The public library is not just a place for those who can\'t afford to buy, nor a nostalgic reminder of eras past. It is a constantly evolving resource in step with the future.\"
Full Story \"

Career Development Book Available

Rachel writes \"Rachel Singer Gordon and Sarah Nesbeitt are pleased to announce the publication of The Information Professional\'s Guide to Career Development Online, a new Information Today guide for Internet-connected professionals.

Learn how to interact and develop your career online through:

* Participating in electronic discussion lists and forums
* Researching educational opportunities
* Taking distance coursework online
* Reading and contributing to the professional literature
* Keeping current with online resources
* Creating your own Internet web page, weblog, discussion list, or newsletter

... and more!

Visit Our Web Site for more on the title, as well as live links to every web address mentioned in the book.\"

The seven wonders of the web

The Gaurdian has picked The seven wonders of the web.

#1 is google, 2 is Yahoo! and 3 is Project Gutenberg.
Strangely, LISNews is not on the list, maybe next year.


A Shelf Life That\'s Always Growing

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Los Angeles Times has an article today about a book collector by Susan Reynolds.

\"A Shelf Life That\'s Always Growing: At Doug Dutton\'s house, books
rule--from rare texts to paperbacks.\"

\"Books have played a driving, defining role in their evolving life. Eight
years ago, for example, they moved to their current house from one just a
few blocks away because there were more pure linear feet for bookshelves.

These come in all shapes and sizes, the horror being when one starts
shelving two deep, a veritable admission of failure for a book collector,
indicating and leading to, eventual loss of control altogether.\"
Read more about it at


Review of Legal Portals

LLRX writes \"Weighing the
Benefits of Legal Portals

Cindy Curling reviews the major and minor legal portals, detailing the strengths and weaknesses in their respective services and content.

Man Finds Fortune In Library Book

Fark never dissapoints.

This One on A man in Hawaii found $68,000 worth of U.S. Savings Bonds in a book from the local Library. So he tracked down the owner of the bonds, who was an elderly woman who didn\'t realize they were missing and seemed somewhat confused.

Breast-feeding concern at library poorly handled has An Opinion on the Breast-In-The-Library Story from last week, that says \"the Library Board should not spend a great deal more time on this issue.\", too bad this was written by a person who has never been on a library committee, which we all know will spend way too much time on whatever it is given.


On the front line in war against dunces

Ender, Duke_of_URL writes: \"William Rees-Mogg writes an editorial
for the London Times
discussing the new
to make local councils \"replenish\" their libraries complete
stock within 8.5 years, as the next war waged by dunces against good
This, in the name of circulation, I guess.

\"Councils have to
submit a ‘library plan’ to the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport . . . ‘the targets are to make sure that libraries are vibrant
and attract people to them’.\"

the top-selling books of all time has a list of the top-selling books of all time.

Top three are, The Bible, Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung, and American Spelling Book. Shouldn\'t the AACR II be there?


Bookmobiles Fading in Japan

From the Japan Times:

Thirty-nine local governments in Japan stopped providing \"mobile library\" services in the three-year period up to fiscal 2000, according to a study released by the Japan Library Association.
Their demise was caused by declining use of the mobile libraries and hard financial times at local governments, said the study, made available to Kyodo News on Saturday.

The public borrowed about 15 million books from mobile libraries across the country last year, down from 21 million books 10 years ago, it said . . .


Uganda Library Association Calls for National Information Center


Uganda Library Association Chairman, Elisam Magara, has called for the development of a national information and documentation centre.

Magara, who is also a senior lecturer at the East African School of Library and Information Science, Makerere University said Dec. 7, that information is a necessary ingredient for business development.

He was presenting a paper, towards a national information system for Uganda: An information gateway to export during the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) 8th international management conference at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, Entebbe . . .


Court further strengthens the right to hyperlink

2600 has won a case that seems to be good news for the right to link.

\"The court further strengthens the right to hyperlink by stating that \"Trademark law does not permit Plaintiff to enjoin persons from linking to its homepage simply because it does not like the domain name or other content of the linking webpage.\" Finally the court held that given the lack of \"connection with goods or services,\" the standards for unfair competition are \"not satisfied simply because a prospective user of the Internet may face some difficulty in finding the home page he is seeking.\"

Full Story


Quotable Cuss Words has a Fun Little Story on Fred Shapiro associate librarian for public services and lecturer in legal research at Yale Law School.

He is editing the forthcoming Yale Dictionary of Quotations and previously edited the Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations. He\'s found some interesting uses of many interesting words back to the 1700\'s.


In Search of the World\'s Worst Writers

jen writes \"My favorite quote: Joining this pantheon is the likes of Nancy Luce, the \'Chicken Poet\' of Martha\'s Vineyard, who devoted herself to her hens and free range verse. She sold fowl
poetry at her front gate, where Victorian tourists could also purchase eggs, each inscribed with the particular mother-hen\'s name and date the egg had been laid.

Full Story:

In Search of the World\'s Worst Writers by Nick Page
Nick Page has done signal service by reading through mounds of undeserving crap deserving memorialization for their awfulness. The book is an amusing read and Page maintains a good sense of humor in his dog-work. He chooses to describe and cite selectively, rather than undertake the unappealing job of straight anthologizing. This is a humorous guide through the sewers of English and American literature, with the odd non-anglophone tossed in for multiculturalism. \"


Year-End Google Zeitgeist

What was hot and what was not in the year 2001? Our Year-End Google Zeitgeist feature provides a glimpse at what captivated the world over the past 12 months, based on the most popular search terms on the world\'s most popular search engine.

Track the course of the past 12 months on the timeline and graphs plotting the most popular search terms as they occurred throughout 2001. Check out the year\'s top gaining and declining search terms as well as the most popular brands, music, movies and women on the web as seen by Google users.

Year-End Google Zeitgeist


Google... The Super Backer Upper

Some of you may have noticed, at some point yesterday LISNews bit the dust. I\'m not sure what happened, but being on a large shared server is always an adventure, and this is just one reason why.

Apparently MySQL (the SQL Db this site runs on) crashed, and had to be brought back up from back ups, which meant we lost some data. Now, I ain’t no dummy, so I do back the site up several times a day, but since the SQL server crashed, the backups got written over, and I had to bring it back up from a file that was about 12 hours old, which meant we lost about a dozen or so stories.

This didn’t seem like a big deal, so, I restored everything, and sat down to watch “The Great Outdoors” (I’m on vacation, after all). Now most John Candy movies aren’t exactly intellectually stimulating, so I got to thinking… there must be a copy of those lost stories out there somewhere.
That’s when I noticed a little voice whispering in the back of my head… gooooogle…. It whispered.

Just then it occurred to me I had once read a story of someone who had to rebuild years worth of material from their site from The Mighty Google Cache. Quickly, I put 2 and 2 together (Though I originally came up with 5, I corrected my mistake, and came up with 4), and rushed to Google, and low and behold, Google had actually crawled LISNews between the time it crashed, and the time I had backups from.
What Luck!
So, I was able to rescue Most of the lost stories. I know I missed 3, “Iraq hails Saddam\'s Second Novel”, “Harry Potter, Hidden Dragon”, and “Fed Court Asked To Revoke Remaining Net Obscenity Provision”. Anyone have time to hunt those down?
The comments anyone may have left are lost forever, as far as I can tell, but I’ve become even more attentive to my back up schedule, with little harm done, and a good lesson learned.


Schools Tepid on More Net Filtering

Dee Axelrod writes...

\"Student access to Internet sites with militant/extremist content should be prevented, the Bainbridge School Board decided last week. But access to sites that deal with drugs and cults is still okay, after the board voted to filter just one of eight categories recommended by a parental advisory group. “We should establish filters only where we have problems, or where there is a safety issue.\" More


12-Year-Old to Read 120 Books by September 2002

Someone writes...

\"In less than two months, 12-year-old Christopher Williams plans to read 30 books. By September, he\'s expected to read 120 books. What\'s he trying to prove? Is he looking to set a record? Does he want to become a scholastic jock?
Actually, Christopher loves to read. And that passion has led him to become one of the first two youths in the state of Connecticut to serve on the Nutmeg Children\'s Book Award selection committee. The selection committee\'s job is to narrow the initial list of 120 books to 10. The committee chair said she feels that \'it\'s a great thing to include kids\' opinions, rather than having a bunch of adults sitting around deciding what kids should read.\'\" More



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